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Maximum Fun
TypePodcast and radio show
Country
United States
AvailabilityGlobal
Key people
Jesse Thorn
AffiliationNational Public Radio, Public Radio International (formerly)
Official website
www.maximumfun.org

Maximum Fun is an independent podcast and radio show production organization founded and run by Jesse Thorn. The organization originated with Thorn's college radio show The Sound of Young America which continued in an adapted format and with a new name, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. Maximum Fun has since grown to include several other programs.

In May 2014, Rolling Stone included three Maximum Fun shows on its list of "The 20 Best Comedy Podcasts Right Now": Judge John Hodgman, RISK!, and Throwing Shade.[1]

Contents

Shows[edit]

Current[edit]

Adam Ruins Everything[edit]

Adam Ruins Everything is an interview podcast hosted by Adam Conover where he talks to the experts and people who appeared on the TV show by the same name.[2]

The Adventure Zone[edit]

The Adventure Zone is an actual play podcast in which Griffin, Justin, and Travis McElroy play Dungeons & Dragons and other role-playing games with their father, Clint.[3]

Baby Geniuses[edit]

Baby Geniuses is a weekly interview podcast hosted by comedian Emily Heller and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt.[4] The first episode was released on August 22, 2012,[5] and the show joined Maximum Fun on September 29, 2014.[6]

Beef and Dairy Network Podcast[edit]

Beef and Dairy Network Podcast is a surrealist comedy podcast hosted by Benjamin Partridge, taking the form of a serious companion podcast to a fictional beef and dairy industry trade magazine relating the bizarre happenings in the aforementioned industries.[7]

Bubble[edit]

The first scripted series on Maximum Fun, Bubble is a science fiction comedy that premieres June 13, 2018.[8] From the Maximum Fun website, "Welcome to Fairhaven, a literal Bubble of corporate utopia set amid the wild, goblin-infested Brush. The first scripted comedy series from Maximum Fun, Bubble tells a tale that is both contemporary and otherworldly, as a small band of monster killers struggles to make ends meet and find love in a nightmarish version of the gig economy." [9]

Starring: Alison Becker (Parks and Recreation), Keith Powell (30 Rock), Cristela Alonzo (Cristela), Eliza Skinner (The Late Late Show) and Mike Mitchell (Love), with appearances by Judy Greer, John Hodgman, Martin Starr, Paul F. Tompkins, and many, many more.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn[edit]

Bullseye, formerly The Sound of Young America, began as an interview, talk, and sketch comedy radio show at the University of California Santa Cruz.[10] It now follows an interview-only format and is available both as a podcast and via National Public Radio on numerous public radio stations across the United States.[11]

Bunker Buddies with Andie and Ben[edit]

Bunker Buddies with Andie and Ben is a comedy survival podcast hosted by comedian Andie Bolt and gear/tech expert Ben Ellis. Ellis had previously appeared as a guest on the show, and replaced Travis McElroy as the co-host in 2018.[12] The hosts discuss survival strategies for "every single Apocalyptic scenario" they can think of.[13]

Can I Pet Your Dog?[edit]

Can I Pet Your Dog? is a comedy podcast on dogs hosted by "small dog owner" (formerly just "dog owner") Allegra Ringo, "big dog owner" (formerly "dog wanter") Renee Colvert, and producer Alexis B. Preston. The hosts discuss dogs among themselves and their guests.[14]

Dead Pilots Society[edit]

Dead Pilots Society presents readings of television pilots that for various reasons were never produced, picked up, or aired. Before the reading, the hosts interviews the writer or writers of the script about the script and the circumstances surrounding its initial creation or production.

From the Maximum Fun website, "In Dead Pilots Society, scripts that were developed by studios and networks but were never produced are given the table reads they deserve. Starring actors you know and love from television and film, a live audience, and a good time in which no one gets notes, no one is fired, and everyone laughs. Presented by Andrew Reich (Friends; Worst Week) and Ben Blacker (The Writers Panel podcast; co-creator, Thrilling Adventure Hour)."[15]

Notable Pilots[edit]

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons[edit]

From the Maximum Fun Website: Every week, Allie Goertz and Julia Prescott interview comics, writers, animators and show creators about their favorite episode of The Simpsons.[36] The show joined the network in March 2018.[37]

The Flop House[edit]

The Flop House is a bi-weekly film review podcast hosted by Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington. The hosts watch a "questionable" movie before each episode and then discuss its merits and shortcomings.[38] It became part of the Maximum Fun network on September 29, 2014.[6]

Friendly Fire[edit]

Friendly Fire is a weekly war movie review podcast hosted by John Roderick, Adam Pranica and Benjamin Ahr Harrison. The podcast launched on January 12, 2018[39]

Go Fact Yourself[edit]

The Greatest Discovery[edit]

A spin-off of The Greatest Generation, The Greatest Discovery is a comedy podcast in which hosts Adam Pranica and Benjamin Harrison describe and review Star Trek: Discovery on the Tuesday after each new episode airs.[40]

The Greatest Generation[edit]

The Greatest Generation is a comedy podcast in which hosts Adam Pranica and Benjamin Harrison describe and review episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.[41]

Heat Rocks[edit]

Inside Pop[edit]

International Waters[edit]

International Waters is a comedy panel game hosted by Dave Holmes (formerly hosted by Jesse Thorn). The show features comedians from the US competing against UK-based comedians by answering questions about pop culture. Points are awarded for correct answers as well as for funny incorrect answers.[42]

Jonah Raydio[edit]

Jordan, Jesse, Go![edit]

A talk podcast where hosts Jesse Thorn and Jordan Morris and usually a guest provide a comedic take on a variety of topics. All time number one guest by appearances is "Big Time" Gene O'Neill.

Judge John Hodgman[edit]

Stemming from a popular segment on Jordan, Jesse, Go!, Judge John Hodgman debuted as a standalone Maximum Fun podcast in November 2010.[43] Hodgman serves as judge and jury, hearing cases brought by listeners on topics ranging from which kind of soap goes in the dispenser on the sink to whether a high schooler is responsible for the theft of a life-sized Ernie doll that he had previously stolen. Jesse Thorn serves as the "bailiff," though this role is occasionally filled by guest bailiffs when Jesse is preoccupied.

Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert[edit]

Author Elizabeth Gilbert provides advice based on her book Big Magic.[44] Guest experts include Neil Gaiman, Gary Shteyngart, Amy Purdy, Michael Ian Black, Brandon Stanton, Martha Beck, and Glennon Doyle Melton.

Minority Korner[edit]

Minority Korner is a discussion of pop culture, politics, and nostalgia through the lens of race, gender, and queer experiences. It's hosted by Nnekay FitzClarke and James Arthur, with new episodes released every Friday.

My Brother, My Brother and Me[edit]

On January 17, 2011, Jesse Thorn announced the addition of My Brother, My Brother and Me to the Maximum Fun family. The show is a comedy program that poses as an advice podcast, hosted by real-life brothers Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy. Over the course of the show, the brothers answer two types of questions: the real questions, in which listeners of the show write in, asking the brothers for their advice on a certain situation; and the more humorous, ridiculous questions from Yahoo! Answers, which are also sent in by listeners. The brothers often refer to the latter as "Yahoos."[45]

My Brother, My Brother and Me has featured notable guests answering questions, including Patrick Rothfuss, Elizabeth Gilbert, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Roderick, Dan Savage, Jimmy Buffett, and Jesse Eisenberg. These guests are usually billed as "guestperts."

Oh No, Ross and Carrie![edit]

Oh No, Ross and Carrie! joined the Maximum Fun network in January 2014.[46] The hosts, Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy, personally investigate claims about spirituality, fringe science, religion, and the paranormal, then discuss their findings on the show. They have investigated a number of religious groups, fringe science claims, and alternative medicine modalities, including Mormonism, dowsing, and Reiki healing.[47] The motto of the podcast is "We show up so you don't have to."[48]

Pop Rocket[edit]

Pop Rocket is a discussion of pop culture hosted by comedian Guy Branum, who is joined each week by panelists Wynter Mitchell, Karen Tongson and Margaret Wappler.[49] Combining comic, journalistic, academic and digital media expertise, the Pop Rocket team will keep you up-to-date on what's most exciting in pop culture this week. Generally the panel explores issues with diversity, feminism, sociology and provide music recommendations called "That's My Jam" and select topics "I'm All About..." of what they were most interested in from the prior week.

Reading Glasses[edit]

Reading Glasses is a weekly podcast hosted by Brea Grant and Mallory O’Meara. It discusses tips and tricks for reading better, like how to vanquish that To-Be-Read pile and organize those bookshelves, climbing out of a reading slump, and supporting authors while still getting books on the cheap.

Sawbones[edit]

Sawbones, "a marital tour of misguided medicine," is a podcast hosted by Sydnee McElroy, a physician, and her husband Justin McElroy, who is also a co-host of My Brother, My Brother, and Me. The weekly show is a humorous exploration of medical history, focusing on the many ways the medical community has been wrong in the past. It premiered on the Maximum Fun network on June 21, 2013 with an episode about trepanation.[50]

Shmanners[edit]

Shmanners is a weekly podcast hosted by Travis McElroy (of My Brother, My Brother and Me) and his wife, Teresa McElroy. The show focuses on teaching proper manners and etiquette, as well as the history behind various social guidelines. The podcast was launched in January 2016.[51]

Still Buffering[edit]

Still Buffering is a weekly podcast hosted by real-life sisters Sydnee McElroy (of Sawbones) and Rileigh Smirl, with their other sister Teylor Smirl becoming a regular co-host in later episodes. The show focuses on experiences and issues faced by teenagers, comparing and contrasting those of current teen Rileigh with her older sisters' memories of their own teenage years. The show was first launched on Maximum Fun in January 2016.[52]

Stop Podcasting Yourself[edit]

Stop Podcasting Yourself is a weekly comedy podcast hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka. Each week the comedy duo invites a guest onto the program for a conversational interview. It is sometimes referred to by its acronym—pronounced "spy"—and its listeners are referred to as "bumpers" after Dave mistakenly referred to the audience that way in episode 1.

Stop Podcasting Yourself started independently on March 2, 2008, being distributed through iTunes and its blog. On March 22, 2010, it was announced that the Vancouver-based podcast would join Maximum Fun.[53] SPY is a three time Canadian Comedy Award Winner for Best Podcast/Best Audio Show or Series[54][55]

Notable Stop Podcasting Yourself guests[edit]

Story Break[edit]

Story Break is a weekly podcast hosted by Freddie Wong, Matt Arnold, and Will Campos, each episode the three construct a hypothetical movie or TV show from various influences such as video games, breakfast cereals or board games. The podcast launched on November 17, 2017[85]

Switchblade Sisters[edit]

A podcast providing deep dives into genre (i.e., horror, science fiction, exploitation) films from a female perspective. Each episode provides a conversation between film critic April Wolfe and a woman working as a writer, actor, and/or director in the film industry.

Tights and Fights[edit]

Tights and Fights is a weekly wrestling podcast hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Open Mike Eagle and Lyndsey Kelk, and produced by Julien Burell. They wrap up the week in wrestling focusing on the storylines of WWE, as well as highlighting some of their favourite things in wrestling. In a 2017 article, the Comeback site stated "These are people who genuinely enjoy pro wrestling from a storytelling perspective, but who also want to dig into what’s going on behind the scenes and off-screen as well."[86]

Trends Like These[edit]

Trends Like These is a weekly podcast hosted by Travis McElroy (of My Brother My Brother and Me and others), Brent Black, and writer Courtney Enlow in which the three spend each episode discussing and analyzing various topics and stories trending on online social media. The podcast was launched in May 2015, and later joined the Maximum Fun network in February 2016.[87]

The Turnaround[edit]

We Got This with Mark & Hal[edit]

We Got This is a comedic debate-style podcast hosted by Thrilling Adventure Hour alumni Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi. In it suggestions are given for topics of discussion via social media, and the two hosts (And occasionally a special guest.) engage in an episode-long debate before reaching a final agreement meant to (jokingly) settle the argument permanently. Topics have ranged from "Best or Worst" scenarios (ex: "Best Halloween Candy", "Worst Christmas Song", "Best Season") to debates focused singularly on two outcomes. (ex: "Calling or Texting", "Batman or Superman", "Baths or Showers") After a decision has been reached Hal Lublin closes the show with an improvised speech addressing the "People of the World" with their verdict. Occasionally the two will engage in "Clean Slate" episodes, which consist of "lightning round"-style quick takes on multiple topics they wouldn't otherwise have enough material to make a full episode out of.

Guests on the program have included notable comedians, musicians, authors, professional wrestlers, celebrities of geek/nerd culture, and numerous others. Frequently the show will feature fellow alumni of Thrilling Adventure Hour's "WorkJuice Players" collective as well as fellow podcasters as guests. Their theme song was written and performed by musical comedian/composer Mike Phirman.[88]

Notable We Got This with Mark & Hal guests[edit]

Who Shot Ya?[edit]

Who Shot Ya? is a spinoff of retired Maximum Fun podcast Wham Bam Pow, hosted by comedian Ricky Carmona and featuring critics April Wolfe and Alonso Duralde. The podcast features discussion of recent hit films through a racially diverse lens.[116]

Wonderful![edit]

Wonderful! is a weekly podcast hosted by Griffin McElroy and his wife Rachel McElroy. The podcast features the hosts discussing a diverse assortment of things they love, with showcases of submitted topics that listeners are excited about. The podcast launched September 6, 2017, as a replacement for Rose Buddies.[117]

Retired programs[edit]

Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters[edit]

This show was a series of rebroadcasts of audio comedy pranks performed and recorded by Jim Coyle and Mal Sharpe in the 1960s.[118] Coyle and Sharpe met in 1959 in a San Francisco boarding house and hatched a plan to make a living performing pranks. Using a hidden tape recorder, they recorded themselves doing comedic interviews with people on the streets of San Francisco. Some of these recordings were released by Warner Bros. Records as an LP. The duo also had a nightly radio show on KGO Radio.[119] Many of the recordings were preserved by Mal Sharpe's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe, and these form the basis of the podcast.[118] Maximum Fun released 100 episodes of the show from March 2007 to September 2010.[120]

Dave Hill's Podcasting Incident[edit]

From the Maximum Fun website: "This incredible podcast features comedian/musician/writer/actor/artist/man-about-town/thinking man Dave Hill sitting down and having a delightful conversation with various notable people, including but not limited to fellow comedians, musicians, actors, authors, supermodels, convicts and whoever else he can talk into it."[121] The podcast has since been revived by Hill as an independently produced show.[122]

The Kasper Hauser Podcast[edit]

Selections of sketch comedy performed by the Kasper Hauser comedy group.

Rendered[edit]

Rendered, hosted and produced by Julie Sabatier, was a monthly public radio show and podcast about "do it yourself" culture and creativity. Rather than a how-to show of DIY projects, Rendered (formerly "Destination DIY") centered around creative people as well as the processes and resources used to create various skills, communities, and ideas. The shows featured in-studio interviews, recorded sounds from the field, and narration.[123] It was distributed by Public Radio Exchange to several public radio stations in the US.[124] The podcast was added to the Maximum Fun network on September 29, 2014.[6] Rendered retired from publication on August 31, 2015.[125]

Rose Buddies[edit]

Rose Buddies was a weekly podcast hosted by Griffin McElroy (of My Brother, My Brother and Me) and his wife Rachel McElroy. The show featured the hosts recapping and discussing the most recent episodes of the television series The Bachelor, along with spinoff series such as The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The podcast originally premiered in January 2016, later joining Maximum Fun in January 2017.[126] Rose Buddies retired from publication on August 30, 2017 and was replaced with Wonderful![127]

The Sound of Young America: The College Years[edit]

The Sound of Young America was a college radio show, and is now known as Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.

Wham Bam Pow[edit]

Former programs[edit]

Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness[edit]

Getting Curious is a podcast where Jonathan Van Ness follows his varied interests into topics like menstrual cups, lupus, modeling, and mass extinction by talking to experts in those fields. The show premiered in 2015 and was retired from Maximum Fun on March 3, 2017.[128] The show has since moved to Earwolf.[129]

The Goosedown[edit]

The Goosedown hosted by comedians Kimberly Clark & Jasper Redd places an African-American spin on pop culture past and present. They are no longer on Maximum Fun.[130]

The Memory Palace[edit]

The Memory Palace is a monthly historical podcast hosted by Nate DiMeo. The show joined Maximum Fun in July 2012.[131] The show became independent in early 2015 and joined Radiotopia in June 2015.[132][133]

Risk![edit]

Risk! is a weekly podcast and live storytelling show hosted by writer and actor Kevin Allison. The show's official website describes Risk! as a place "where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public".[134] RISK! started as a weekly live storytelling series in August 2009.

Throwing Shade[edit]

Throwing Shade is a weekly comedy podcast centered around discussions of pop culture, politics, gay rights, and issues important to women, hosted by Erin Gibson (a.k.a. "Feminasty") and Bryan Safi (a.k.a. "Homosensual").[135][136] Gibson and Safi are "equal-opportunity offenders," and their comedic repartee frequently features adult topics and a politically incorrect sense of humor, even as they explore serious cultural and political issues.[137] The podcast launched on November 9, 2011 and on March 5, 2012 it was announced that Throwing Shade was joining the Maximum Fun podcast network.[138] The podcast left the network in June 2017 and has since moved to the Earwolf network.[139][140]

Other projects[edit]

Begun in 2009, an annual weekend convention where fans of Maximum Fun can spend time with Maximum Fun hosts and other celebrities held in Lake Arrowhead, CA. In fall 2012 MaxFunCon East was offered in the Poconos.[141] The Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival (also known as boatparty.biz) was held in summer 2013 in lieu of Max Fun Con East.[142]

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